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Resounding Call for Hospital Safety; Pass Patient Protection Act, Say Nurses and Community Leaders

Resounding Call for Hospital Safety; Pass Patient Protection Act, Say Nurses and Community Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC – A gathering of 130 registered nurses and District of Columbia community leaders and residents joined together in the Wilson Building Thursday to express strong support for the Patient Protection Act of 2013. The Act would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. More »

Nurses, Community Leaders to Call on DC Council Members Thursday to Pass Patient Protection Act

Nurses, Community Leaders to Call on DC Council Members Thursday to Pass Patient Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC –Registered nurses joined by District of Columbia community leaders and activists will visit DC Council members Thursday to press the case for action on the Patient Protection Act of 2013 that would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. —National Nurses United, 06/11/13 More »

Honor RNs for Nurses Week by Supporting Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

Honor RNs for Nurses Week by Supporting Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

The nation’s largest organization of nurses today called on the healthcare industry and elected leaders to provide the best gift of all for nurses as a tribute to Nurses Week by supporting proposals to help nurses provide safer care through enacting nurse to patient ratio laws. —National Nurses United, 05/08/13 More »

Washington Hospital Center Charged for Withholding Vital Health and Safety Information from Nurses

Washington Hospital Center Charged for Withholding Vital Health and Safety Information from Nurses

Washington’s biggest private hospital, Washington Hospital Center, will stand trial in July on charges by the federal government on charges of refusing to disclose critical information regarding patient safety to the union representing hospital nurses. —National Nurses United, 04/30/13 More »

Religious Leaders Announce Support for DC

Religious Leaders Announce Support for DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Forty-three religious leaders of Washington, DC’s many faith groups announced their support today of the Patient Protection Act of 2013 that would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. —NNU / HEAL DC, 04/25/13 More »

Thousands Urge Pres. Obama, Sec. Lew to Support 
Robin Hood Tax

Thousands Urge Pres. Obama, Sec. Lew to Support 
Robin Hood Tax

Washington, D.C. – Nearly 2,000 people, decked out in Robin Hood hats and with giant puppets of Wall Street bankers descended on DC today to demand President Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew stop pursuing austerity and instead support a financial transaction tax on Wall Street, commonly referred to as a “Robin Hood Tax.” —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 04/20/13 More »

Nurses to Rally Today for Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

Nurses to Rally Today for Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

Hundreds of registered nurses will participate in a late afternoon rally today to show support for major DC legislation that would require minimum safe staffing in DC hospitals to protect patients. The Patient Protection Act, a bill to set specific limits on the number of patients RNs can safely care for in every district hospital, along with other patient protections, was introduced in early February by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and nine other council members. —Heal DC / National Nurses United, 04/19/13 More »

Rep. Ellison’s Inclusive Prosperity Act - HR 1579 Reintroduced with Broad Public Backing

Rep. Ellison’s Inclusive Prosperity Act - HR 1579 Reintroduced with Broad Public Backing

Washington, D.C. - With the Capitol as backdrop, and joined by representatives of organizations comprising the Robin Hood Tax Campaign, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) today reintroduced The Inclusive Prosperity Act, HR 1579, a financial transaction tax that would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue annually at a time of great need, and allow the U.S.to join the rest of the world in a growing system of financial transaction taxes. —National Nurses United, 04/17/13 More »

HOSPITAL SHORT-STAFFING TIED TO SERIOUS DELAYS IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SAY D.C. NURSES

HOSPITAL SHORT-STAFFING TIED TO SERIOUS DELAYS IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SAY D.C. NURSES

Problems associated with RN short-staffing are played out on every floor, every day in the vast majority of this nation’s hospitals. That’s why the RNs of National Nurses United (NNU) place such a high priority on adequate staffing. Minimum nurse-to-patient ratios are the critical factor in providing safe, quality patient care. Just ask Leah Hale, RN. —National Nurses United, 02/26/13 More »

Jack Lew Hearing Puts Spotlight on Wall Street as Main Street Has Yet to Recover

Jack Lew Hearing Puts Spotlight on Wall Street as Main Street Has Yet to Recover

Washington, D.C. – Community, labor and healthcare activists are calling upon the Senate Finance Committee this week to press Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew to support a Financial Transaction, or Robin Hood, tax. The Robin Hood tax will begin to bring much needed fairness to the tax code, put the brakes on reckless Wall Street trading, and hold Wall Street accountable to the many communities still suffering from the crashing of the economy. —National Nurses United, 02/11/13 More »

Patient Protection Act Proposed for DC Hospitals

Patient Protection Act Proposed for DC Hospitals

Survey: 57% of District Hospital Nurses Cite Inadequate Staffing. Registered nurses joined with District of Columbia Council members and community supporters in a press conference today to announce the introduction of the Patient Protection Act to dramatically improve care in DC hospitals to protect patients. —National Nurses United, 02/05/13 More »

Nurses Charge Washington Hospital With Violating Federal Law

Nurses Charge Washington Hospital With Violating Federal Law

Nurses Charge Washington Hospital With Violating Federal Law By Refusing to Meet as Safety Problems and RN Vacancies Mount: Reality for RNs, Patients in Stark Contrast with Hospital’s Recent Ad Campaign —NNU Press Release, 02/22/12 More »

RNs Lead Community Rally in NYC June 22 to Heal America

RNs Lead Community Rally in NYC June 22 to Heal America

Registered nurses, joined by labor and community leaders and activists, will rally in front of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, June 22, to call for a sales tax on Wall Street speculative activity. The tax would raise revenue to rebuild the nation. Rally participants tie financial speculation to the present economic crisis. —Press Release, 06/14/11 More »

Hundreds of Nurses to Call on White House, Congress June 7

Hundreds of registered nurses from 31 states, joined by labor and community allies, will gather outside the White House, picket the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and rally near Congress Tuesday, June 7 to call for a new, “Main Street Contract for the American People.” —Press Release, 05/27/11 More »

Nurses Ratify New Contract at Washington Hospital Center

WASHINGTON, DC—National Nurses United announced today that Registered Nurses at Washington Hospital Center voted Friday and Saturday to ratify a new contract with their employer. —Press Release, 05/09/11 More »

Tentative Pact for RNs at Washington Hospital Center

Registered nurses at Washington Hospital Center, the District of Columbia’s largest mediccenter, reached a tentative agreement Tuesday night on a new collective bargaining contract with the hospital, National Nurses United, which represents the 1,700 WHC RNs announced today —Press Release, 05/04/11 More »

Locked-Out Nurses to Picket Tuesday Before Returning to Work Wednesday Morning

Remaining unified in the face of a retaliatory lock-out by the District of Columbia’s largest hospital, registered nurses from Washington Hospital Center will rally and picket this Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., advocating for patient care improvements and safe nurse staffing at the facility. The hospital’s lockout of the nurses ends Wednesday morning. —Press Release, 03/07/11 More »

Big Turnout on Picket Line by Washington Hospital Center RNs

Big Turnout on Picket Line by Washington Hospital Center RNs

Hundreds of Washington Hospital Center registered nurses jammed picket lines outside the District’s largest hospital Friday for a one-day strike called to protest stalling by the hospital administration on serious patient care problems at the facility. —Press Release, 03/04/11 More »

Washington Hospital Center RNs to Strike Friday

Registered nurses at Washington D.C.’s largest hospital are preparing to walk out on strike Friday, March 4, citing as their primary concern serious patient safety problems at Washington Hospital Center. The facility’s nearly 1,650 RNs are represented by National Nurses United. —Press Release, 03/03/11 More »

Soon-to-Strike Nurses Applaud Mayor Gray’s Support

More than 1,600 nurses from Washington Hospital Center (WHC) are preparing to go on strike this Friday—and are thanking D.C. Mayor Vince Gray for his support, National Nurses United reports today. In a press conference today, the Mayor announced he had spoken with MedStar Health’s CEO Ken Samet, and urged him to resolve the labor dispute prior to the strike. "We want to see people treated fairly," said Gray. —Press Release, 03/01/11 More »

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